About National Police Week

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Those wishing to perform either the Star Spangled Banner or their own musical submission: please mail a CD, along with a bio and FOP affiliation (i.e., lodge #, type of member, etc.) to the FOP Memorial Committee, Attn: Andy Maybo, 711 4th St, NW Washington, DC 20001. All submissions must be in by Tuesday, February 2, 2016. A decision for performers will be made by the National FOP Memorial Committee, along with the National FOP Auxiliary Memorial Committee, during the weekend of Feb. 4-7th. Questions: amaybo@dc-fop.org.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.

The National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others that share a common brotherhood. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.